Our Program

About CMP 

Imagine earning two years of college and an Associate's Degree while still in high school - for FREE! DeSoto ISD students can begin that path with the DeSoto Collegiate Magnet Program (CMP) that offers eleven different degree choices and over 25 college and industry certifications through personalized degree plans based on student interest.

"The DHS Collegiate Magnet Program is second to none in the state and nation," said Superintendent David Harris. "Our students have the unique opportunity to earn an Associate's Degree, while in high school and at no cost! This will put them at a great advantage as they advance to the next level."

While many area schools offer dual credit, as does DeSoto High School, the Collegiate Magnet Program is unique in offering a variety of degree opportunities for students to choose. This rigorous program will be supported with DeSoto administration and teacher guidance as students will be completing their traditional high school diploma while simultaneously completing college courses online, at the high school and even at the college level.

Degree Plans have been carefully selected to complement the existing DeSoto High School College and Career Academies with choices in health and science, arts and performance, professional, and business and technology fields. While all students may select an academy of their choice to pursue career fields, the Collegiate Magnet Program is a highly selective application process that includes high academic achievement, exemplary test scores and writing, clean discipline records, and letters of recommendation.

History 

From 1956 to 1962, DeSoto High School was located at 200 East Belt Line Road. In 1962, a new campus opened at 601 East Belt Line Road (present-day DeSoto High School). As the district continued to grow, voters approved a $7.5 million bond by a margin 445-366 in 1973 that contained a provision for the construction of a new high school.

On February 15, 1974, a groundbreaking ceremony took place at the new site—600 Eagle Drive. The building contract was awarded to Central Texas Construction of Terrell at a cost of approximately $3,100,000. It opened on August 16, 1976.

To relieve overcrowding, an adjoining Freshman Campus opened in 1997 to serve the district's ninth graders.

The Dallas Morning News reported that the school "had a lower-than-expected college readiness percentage." In 2011, the district built additions to improve the school's college and career academies. The State of Texas defined "college readiness," or readiness to undergo university studies, by scores on the ACT andSAT and in the 11th grade Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests.

Desoto High offers an International Baccalaureate, Early College, and Magnet program to better serve the diverse academic needs of its student body.